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The Archaeology of Ancient Egypt: Beyond Pharaohs. By Douglas J. Brewer. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012, xvii + 200 pp. ISBN 9780521707343 (Paperback) / ISBN 9780521880916 (Hardback), US$ 29.99 (Paperback) / 99.00 (Hardback).

The Archaeology of Ancient Egypt: Beyond Pharaohs. By Douglas J. Brewer. Cambridge University... Book Review This is an important and intriguing contribution to the study of past societies in the Nile Valley and Delta, written from an anthropological / archaeological perspective rather than from a more traditional egyptological / culture-historical one. Douglas Brewer approaches his subject (to a certain extent based on his own particular expertise as a zooarchaeologist) with a fresh (if occasionally jaundiced) eye and a healthy lack of respect for the mainstream. The subtitle `Beyond Pharaohs' is clearly intended to be a provocative one and I am not entirely clear what this is supposed to mean: Brewer not surprisingly relies heavily on early data from Egypt (but -- surprisingly -- not much from Sudan or Ethiopia). I find no mention of Bruce Williams's notion of `Nubian pharaohs' which seems strange given the book's half-title. The intended readership is declared in the introduction to be undergraduate and graduate students as well as the professional community, but this is also given as a reason for not including detailed bibliographical references. Personally I find this slightly depressing: having spent most of my teaching career trying to impress upon my own students the importance of close, detailed and accurate referencing, to find http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of African Archaeology Brill

The Archaeology of Ancient Egypt: Beyond Pharaohs. By Douglas J. Brewer. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012, xvii + 200 pp. ISBN 9780521707343 (Paperback) / ISBN 9780521880916 (Hardback), US$ 29.99 (Paperback) / 99.00 (Hardback).

Journal of African Archaeology , Volume 11 (2): 279 – Nov 11, 2013

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© Copyright 2013 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1612-1651
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Book Review This is an important and intriguing contribution to the study of past societies in the Nile Valley and Delta, written from an anthropological / archaeological perspective rather than from a more traditional egyptological / culture-historical one. Douglas Brewer approaches his subject (to a certain extent based on his own particular expertise as a zooarchaeologist) with a fresh (if occasionally jaundiced) eye and a healthy lack of respect for the mainstream. The subtitle `Beyond Pharaohs' is clearly intended to be a provocative one and I am not entirely clear what this is supposed to mean: Brewer not surprisingly relies heavily on early data from Egypt (but -- surprisingly -- not much from Sudan or Ethiopia). I find no mention of Bruce Williams's notion of `Nubian pharaohs' which seems strange given the book's half-title. The intended readership is declared in the introduction to be undergraduate and graduate students as well as the professional community, but this is also given as a reason for not including detailed bibliographical references. Personally I find this slightly depressing: having spent most of my teaching career trying to impress upon my own students the importance of close, detailed and accurate referencing, to find

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Published: Nov 11, 2013

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